Two new pre-prints are out!

Go read about our latest work:

Andrea Dos Santos has led the work on the first one, together with Rita Di Martino and Samuele Testa. The work shows how growth media can sometimes be inhibitory to bacteria, which can make it hard to identify their interactions with other species. Read more here.

Philippe Piccardi submitted this one just before leaving the lab, work that he started with Géraldine Alberti for her Master project, in collaboration with Jake Alexander from ETHZ. We show that microbial communities can promote the growth of invasive species when the environment is harsh, but invasions become harder as these communities co-evolve. Read more here.

Congratulations to all involved!

Looking for a theoretician postdoc

We are looking for a postdoc to work on modelling the ecology and evolution of microbial communities! The position is relatively flexible in topic, but the chosen candidate will be expected to integrate their work tightly with experimental data and participate in teaching and supervising students. Funding is available for up to 3 years. More details and the application procedure can be found here. Deadline to apply is February 15th.

Shota’s latest paper is out!

Shota’s paper is out in the Journal of Royal Society Interface!! Well done Shota, and a big thank you to Mauro for the wonderful collaboration!

Read more here to find out how fluctuations in environmental conditions together with demographic noise can exclude even the fittest species in some communities, thereby increasing community beta-diversity.

Pablo Guridi wins the prize for best MLS Master thesis!!

Congratulations to Pablo Guridi for a well-deserved prize! His thesis, submitted in January was judged the best of his year among Master students of Molecular Life Sciences!

Pablo developed mathematical and individual-based models for two projects: drug-delivering bacteria following a circadian rhythm, in the context of the iGEM competition, and bacterial community breeding in our lab. Well done, Pablo!!

Oliver and Marina join the group

We are really excited to be expanding the lab again! Oliver Meacock just started a postdoc to work on exploring how our four oil-degrading species form biofilms. We are looking forward to doing some beautiful microscopy together!

Marina Sudário has also joined the team to set up a very cool experiment involving assembly lines of chemostats with different species. Stay tuned!

We are hiring!

Are you looking for a postdoc position to study how different species of bacteria grow together to form beautiful patterns? Want to spend time close to lake and mountains in Lausanne, Switzerland?

The project will involve quantifying biofilms, monitoring biofilm formation using confocal microscopy and studying the role of different species and their environment in spatial pattern formation. We are looking for a motivated candidate with a strong background in microbial ecology and evolution or a related field. Experience with microfluidics, microscopy and/or computational modeling would be a plus.

Apply here before September 1st: and do get in touch if you have any questions.